It has been over 50 years since Adolf Hitler took his life in a small underground bunker near Berlin. And while, for many, the Holocaust that he planned and executed against the Jewish population of Europe is a thing of the past - a dark chapter of our history that serves a reminder of man's inhuman potential - for others, it is a subject of unrelinquished sorrow and tireless investigation.
It is in the latter camp that we find Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated international bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. The book, which documents IBM's direct links to Hilter and his so-called 'Final Solution' by providing the Third Reich with census machines and punch card technology, caused IBM to issue a formal statement claiming that the Nazis controlled the operations of IBM Germany during the war. But Edwin's research shows that Thomas J. Watson, founder and president of IBM during the company's financial relationship with the Nazis, exercised more hands-on control of the operation than they care to admit.
In his GuerrillaNews directorial debut, Paul Shore interviews the author and deploys GNN's trademark design aesthetic in what is sure to be one of the most controversial documentaries about U.S. corporate complicity with the Nazi regime.
IBM and the Holocaust was cut to the pulsing hypnotica of Mitchell Akiyama.
May 19, 2014 Subject:
IMB and Holocaust Conspiracy Theory
The author's vague lisp and overpowering psychedelic Dr. Who scifi background noises are really annoying, thus together detracting from the overall video.
Though this particular item about IBM, generally provides orthodox opinions about one aspect of WW2 history, a much better and broader analysis of the Holocaust can be accurately obtained by watching, 'One Third of the Holocaust' (available here on Internet Archive).
June 13, 2009 Subject:
IBM and the Holocaust
Yes the music was load, but the information was for all to be informed, When are we going to here this information included in the many war documetary programs on the television?
July 12, 2007 Subject:
Not just IBM
I haven't read the books but I know it wasn't just IBM tht collaborated with the Nazis. There was also a huge immigration program that was ultimatley used to bring Nazi's into the U.S. by the thousands - and are still here. (National Security Archives)
June 6, 2005 Subject:
Only bad in that it is too brief to cover the rich detail of Black's examination.
This is an all-too-brief introduction to Edwin Black's book, "IBM and the Holocaust". The background music is typical of GNN productions, this doesn't make it a good or bad choice, merely noting that it is typical. Perhaps the background music should have been mixed at a little lower volume because the high frequency sounds in the music grab one's attention, but I didn't find that it took away from my ability to hear Black or understand what he was getting at.
Here's hoping it inspires so many of the technocratic computer users on discussion sites to understand that how we treat other people is the most important issue we can raise. This is a far more important concern than what the business press would have us discuss: financial concerns, specifications of computer parts, or pursuing popularity. Black's book is an excellent place to start understanding what's more significant and how it relates to something computer afficionados understand very well.
March 28, 2005 Subject:
Could have been an interesting and informative piece of film but is ruined by the annoying background sound which distracts your attention away from what is being said.